Keep Arkansas Beautiful proudly promotes two annual cleanups – the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup.
Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons begin.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September through October. Thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks, and public areas during this statewide community improvement campaign.
Thank you to all our Coordinating Partners who have organized cleanup events in their communities across the state. View our 2019 Coordinating Partners here!
Please note: If supplies are needed, please be sure to register your events at least 3 weeks in advance. Cleanup supplies are limited and awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. T-shirts are our most-requested supply, and we cannot guarantee every volunteer will receive a t-shirt. We suggest using t-shirts as prizes for volunteers who 1) have attended the most cleanups, 2) youngest volunteers, 3) oldest volunteer, 4) who traveled the farthest, 5) name drawings, etc.
Interested in finding a volunteer event near you? Click here to visit our Calendar of Events.
2020 Great American Cleanup Youth Poster Contest
Due to recent events we are unable to announce the winners of the 2020 Great American Cleanup Youth Poster Contest, as previously planned for Earth Day on April 22. We sincerely apologize for the delay and are eager to showcase the beautiful artwork we received from kids all across our state; thank you for your entries. We will reschedule this announcement as soon as time and safety permits. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Please continue to check our website for any updates and news. Thank you.
- 2020 Youth Poster Contest Rules & Curriculum
2021 Great Arkansas Cleanup Online Forms
2021 Great Arkansas Cleanup Coordinator Materials
- Registration Form
- Wrap-Up Report Form
- Volunteer Forms
2021 Great Arkansas Cleanup Planning & Promotion
- How to Organize a Community Cleanup (Video)
- How to Organize a Community Cleanup (PDF)
- Develop Your Disposal Plan – Contact your local Solid Waste District prior to your event!
- Customizable News Release
- Cleanup Safety Tips
- CAUTION! Volunteers removing litter ahead – Sign Template
- Place Trash Here (PDF) – Sign Template
- Please Don’t Litter (PDF) – Sign Template
- Please Recycle Here (PDF) – Sign Template
Keep America Beautiful Tools
- Social Media Guide
- Volunteer Guide
- Volunteer Guide – Spanish
About the Great American Cleanup
Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with that community to organize and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with GLAD® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, fliers, customizable news release, volunteer stickers and brochures. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.
During the 2019 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, nearly 7,000 volunteers worked more than 28,000 hours in communities across the state. This community improvement effort involved 179 events, with volunteers collecting 153,343 pounds of litter from 862 miles of roadway, 123 miles of waterway and shorelines, and 1,368 acres of parks and public areas!
Arkansans also recycled 3,868 tires and 58,711 pounds of electronics. Click here to see our 2019 Great American Cleanup Results infographic! The total economic value of the 2019 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,373,035.
If you have questions about a Great American Cleanup event in your community, email us.
About the Great Arkansas Cleanup
During the 2019 Great Arkansas Cleanup, more than 7,000 volunteers worked almost 37,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 189 events, with volunteers collecting 182,604 pounds of litter from 1,148 miles of roadways, 979 miles of waterways, and more than 20,400 acres of parks and public areas.
The total economic value of the 2019 Great Arkansas Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,548,581.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup began in 1969 as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment until his death in 2014.